Bags & Pouches

Hydro Flask Journey Pack

Ask a well-prepared EDCer what it takes to survive in a day, and two answers you’re likely to get are tools and water. But it’s not always easy to mix the two efficiently, since larger or smaller containers of one directly affects your ability to carry the other. It’s rare to find a bag right for EDC needs while also stowing a good amount of water too, which is why Hydro Flask decided to get the job done themselves with their first hydration pack. The Hydro Flask Journey is a daypack in two sizes designed to haul your everyday essentials while keeping your thirst at bay. With its low profile, high performance, and integrated hydration capability, it’s a solid option for the active EDCer.

Unlike most EDC daypacks, the Journey pack comes in a narrower profile. It rides tall and close to the body, which gives it a more compact and tight carry that’s good for active movement like hiking, biking, or navigating a crowded commute. The DWR-coated fabric it’s made of comes with taped seams and laminated weatherproof zippers to keep moisture out and away from your gear, and it’s puncture-, tear-, and abrasion-resistant while staying lightweight. And more than the material is the design of the pack itself: an articulated back panel creates a space that separates you and the bag for both comfort and a way for heat to not transfer to the bag, which helps with its insulated “Cold Flow” system. It allows water to be kept cold for over 4 hours, ensuring a refreshing drink every time. Drinking from the bladder is intuitive and convenient, thanks to a plug-and-play connecting system that allows ease of disconnecting the hose without leaking, as well as a bite valve that self-seals after each sip and features a twist lock bar to prevent leaks when not in use.

Water compartment aside there’s still plenty in the pack for organizing your EDC. In addition to the 10L or 20L capacity you get two internal compartments with stretch mesh pockets to accommodate your gear, as well as external top and side pockets for quick access to gear. A bottom storage compartment lets you segregate heavier/bulkier gear like laptop chargers. There’s plenty of space for the day's essentials, and even when you have to overload fully adjustable shoulder, sternum, and hip straps ensure an ergonomic carry.

Despite being Hydro Flask’s first hydration pack, the Journey Series already sets itself apart with thoughtful features that address even the most active lifestyles as well as a solid fit and finish (with a lifetime warranty!) that rivals any EDC backpack. Pick up a pack in the size of your choice at the Amazon link below.

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Trending: Herschel Supply Trail Tour Hip Pack

We're spotlighting a trending sling this Saturday from the adventure-seeking bag brand, Herschel Supply Co. The Trail Tour Small hip pack provides that extra bit of carry capacity when you're out on the trail or out on the town. 

The front and upper portions of the pack are made of a water-resistant, 210d dobby nylon, while a heavier duty Ballistic nylon reinforces the base against abrasion and also provides structure to the bag. Smaller essentials can ride up front in a separate zip pocket, while the bulk of your carry can be stowed away in the more spacious main compartment. Accessing the main compartment via its two-way zipper reveals a mesh pocket and a key leash as well. 

Measuring at 5.0 x 7.0 x 2.5 inches, it's compact enough to be worn on the hip or slung over the shoulder with its adjustable nylon webbing straps and large standard release buckle. If you've been looking for an outdoors-ready hip pack for your EDC, check out this affordable option at the link below.

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Knack Pack: Expandable Laptop Backpack

Having one bag that can do it all seems like an increasingly unattainable goal at this point. It isn’t hard to find a single bag that can the job done while traveling, but finding a bag that excels at both travel and everyday use is a different story. The Knack Pack is an expandable laptop backpack that aims to get it just right, replacing the need for multiple bags. Its features make it perfect for traveling for a few days, as well as loading it up with your everyday essentials for the morning commute to work.

One thing you never want, regardless of where you are, is a bulky backpack. The Knack Pack's hybrid design maintains a slim profile when both compressed for when you're packing light, or expanded at full capacity. It's available in two sizes, medium and large, to suit a wider range of loadouts. 

The Knack Pack features hardware and materials you'd want in a bag, whether for daily carry or travel. After all, the Knack team spent years perfecting the Knack Pack before bringing it to the market with attention to detail you'd expect from a founding team made up of professionals from Tumi, The North Face, and Coach. For example, to fend off unexpected rain and keep its contents dry, the bag was constructed from a custom-built water-resistant 1200 denier two-tone polyester. To round out its heavy duty hardware, the Knack Pack features Duraflex buckles. Combine all that with a padded, breathable back panel and custom designed straps, and you have a comfortable, durable carry. The Knack Pack also protects your more easily damaged items with soft fleece lining, found in both the sunglasses pouch and in the interior tablet pocket.

While the exterior was built to last, its the clever organization options you’ll find upon opening the bag that make this such a versatile option. The Knack Pack includes numerous pockets and sleeves to make it easier to find your gear on the go, or streamline the packing process to get you out the door quickly. Two zippered mesh pockets hold any small essentials you might want to keep secure but still have access to when you need them, such as your passport or emergency cash. A zippered side pocket keeps your water bottle handy but hidden, maintaining the pack's sleek exterior appearance. The bottom pocket on the pack was specially designed to store and manage long, bulky laptop charging cables without tangling them up, too.

The Knack Pack divides its storage into two main compartments and a laptop sleeve. In the main everyday carry-focused compartment you'll find a fleece-lined sleeve to store a few notebooks or folders, over-ear headphones, or a tablet for binge-watching Netflix on long flights. Then there's the expandable suitcase compartment that differentiates the Knack Pack from the rest. It opens clamshell-style for easy access and packing. The medium Knack Pack holds 2-3 outfits (the Large holds up to 4) with minimal wrinkling, though you should be able to stretch that to even more if you use Knack's packing cubes and an army roll.

Then there’s the hidden compartment specially designed for travel packing, which comes complete with straps to hold up to 4 outfits in place with minimal wrinkling, though you should be able to stretch that to even more if you make use of the versatile Knack packing cubes and an army roll. Last but not least, you can stash your laptop in a padded compartment accessible via a secure side zipper. The medium Knack Pack fits up to a 15-inch laptop, while the large Knack Pack fits up to a 17-inch laptop. The dedicated zip compartment makes grabbing your laptop a snap, rather than having to rummage through the rest of your gear to get to it.

Whether you're using it as a work backpack or as a carry-on for vacation, the Knack Pack easily adapts to whatever situation you find yourself in. If you’re ready to take the jump to just one bag that can do it all, check out the Knack Backpack in its various sizes and color options at the link below.

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Unless you’re handy with packing cubes and pouch organizers, you’re better off with an EDC bag that’s organized from the get-go. By making sure every essential in your daily carry has its own place, your gear becomes easier to load, protect, and retrieve as you go about your day. And if your days involve long commutes, travel, photoshoots, or working out of a mobile office like the team at WANDRD’s do, then their latest project could be just the bag you need. The WANDRD DUO Daypack takes the stress of organizing your constantly-changing setups out of the equation with its durable, stylish, and easy-to-access design that puts everything in its place.

One of the key features that lets the DUO Daypack excel in both ease of access and internal organization is WANDRD’s InfiniteZip system. Four zippers along the main compartment’s U-shaped opening lets you access any part of the bag, from the top or from either side, without having to unzip the entire compartment or take the bag off. But once you do fully unzip the compartment, its side panels and front portion fan out to reveal its impressive array of internal organizational pockets. There’s a padded laptop compartment, small and large mesh pockets for at-a-glance visibility of your essentials, and even elastic cord organizers to keep your tech tidy.

Another clever feature unique to the DUO Daypack is its built-in, collapsible pop cube at the base of the bag. It’s padded and structured enough to keep your camera gear or lenses safe on the go, or to separate your shoes from your clean clothes whether you’re off to the gym on a long flight. It folds down and out of the way if you’d rather use more of the 20L backpack’s main compartment. Lastly, a quick-access stash pocket on the front of the bag makes for the perfect place to keep small items like keys or sunglasses.

While the DUO Daypack’s interior might steal the show, WANDRD didn’t skimp on materials and hardware found on the exterior of the bag. The majority of the exterior is made from a waterproof Jr. Ballistic nylon at a lighter 840D to keep the bag at 2.6lbs. For better abrasion resistance, a denser 1680D Ballistic Nylon makes up the base of the bag. The DUO Daypack handles rain in stride thanks to PU-coated, weather-resistant YKK zippers and a water-repellent coating on the exterior. EVA foam in the back panel makes for a cool and comfortable carry, while durable nylon seatbelt webbing on the pull handles let you grab and go with peace of mind. To make traveling easier, the DUO Daypack features a pass-through slot to slip the bag onto your luggage, as well as a zippered pocket on the back for secure, quick access to your passport.

Whether you’re looking to live your best one bag life on your next adventure or you just like staying organized on your way to the office, the WANDRD DUO Daypack was designed to handle it all. The campaign has already been completely funded on Kickstarter and WANDRD has a solid track record of successful campaigns for performance bags already, so you there’s no guesswork involved here. Make sure to click the link below to learn all about the rest of the DUO's many features and secure one at a special pre-order price for your carry before the campaign ends on Friday, July 26th.

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Mystery Ranch 2-Day Assault 27L

Maybe you’ve got your day-to-day gear dialed-in and completely consistent. But for everything else—weekend getaways, short-haul flights, long days on the trail, or even an after-work gym sesh—your carry might change. And for that, having a bag that’s ready for everything goes a long way. Mystery Ranch’s latest pack offers a 27L capacity for about two-days worth of gear: perfect for flexing between an EDC or a mission-specific pack. With a tough yet lighter weight 500D nylon construction and design elements from both tactical and outdoors packs, the 2-Day Assault 27L could be the “one bag” you’ve been looking for.

With a track record of manufacturing solid bags for all sorts of use cases, Mystery Ranch delivers on the several key criteria for an EDC bag: durability, light weight, ease of access, organization, and comfort. It starts with the 2-Day Assault’s choice of materials: 500D Cordura-brand fabric hits a sweet spot of durability and light weight at just 3 pounds. Next, its tri-zip design grants quick access for gear retrieval on the go. Three water-resistant YKK zippers form a “Y” shape on the pack, letting you easily access the sides, center, or entirety of the internal main compartment as needed instead of having to unzip the entire bag each time. Fully unzipping reveals the main compartment’s spacious interior, lined with zippered mesh compartments and drop pockets for organizing gear. Even its suspended, padded laptop compartment can be accessed via a side zipper. Finally, the 2-Day Assault features padded, contoured shoulder straps, a sternum strap, waist belt, and full-length frame for comfortably bearing heavier loads. When you’re packing light, you can cinch down compression straps on the front of the pack and remove the sternum and waist straps for a lower profile.

Much of the 2-Day Assault’s functionality comes from the outside, too. Its top brain compartment features a mesh compartment for stashing frequently used gear. PALS webbing throughout the bag lets you add on MOLLE pouches or clippable gear, serving well for both tactical or outdoors applications. Last but not least, a pair of external bottle pockets keep your water handy at all times. The 2-Day Assault comes in three colors: black, coyote tan, and forest green. By picking one up from Huckberry at the link below, 10% of the proceeds go to the Navy SEAL Foundation to benefit children who have lost parents on duty.


Is the GORUCK GR1 Worth It in 2019?

Nowadays it’s easy to be overwhelmed by the sheer number of EDC tactical backpacks that are available for purchase. But there was a time when your options were more limited, and when the very concept of everyday carry wasn’t well-known. Back then it took a few pioneers to break tactical bags out of the purely military silo and into the civilian eye. GORUCK was one of those pioneers, founded by a former American special forces operator who wanted to bring the quality of gear he expected during his service in his everyday life outside of it. Born out of necessity, the GORUCK GR1 paved the way for a new age of tactical bags and gained a cult following all its own. But is that decade-old bag still worth it in 2019’s competitive market saturated with new EDC bag brands?

The Best New EDC Gear from Outdoor Retailer 2019

While most everyday carry gear certainly has its tactical roots, it's hard to ignore how useful outdoor equipment and survival gear can be for your day-to-day. Gear designed for the outdoors often features the latest technology in performance fabrics and hardware, rugged durability to weather inclement conditions, and light weight for making long treks on the trail that much easier. Not to mention, many of our members take their EDCs from city to mountain and back, blending urban EDC with outdoor gear as well-prepared weekend warriors. That's why we recently headed to Outdoor Retailer, the largest trade show for the outdoors industry in North America. In this recap, we're highlighting new EDC-worthy products and trends from the outdoor industry that should be on your radar.

Bellroy Classic Backpack V2

Plenty of companies that make backpacks aim to do a little bit of everything, and usually end of falling short and being great at anything. Sometimes you don’t need anything too fancy. Bellroy has a solid track record of keeping their products simple and effective, earning them a spot in the pockets of many EDCers. So it should come as no surprise that the team at Bellroy took that same simple approach when updating their Classic Backpack. Like the original, this second iteration of the pack offers only what you might need as a commuter but with the same focus on great build quality and a thoughtful design, all in a familiar, timeless silhouette.

The Classic Backpack V2 isn’t a flashy take on the modern backpack, it’s more of a low-key pack with a few tricks up its sleeve. At first glance it's fairly simple with minimal branding and a few discreet pockets. The 20L pack is surprisingly light, and when paired with the angled shoulder straps for comfort and the fitted back padding system, it shouldn’t weigh you down while you’re out and about. If it's too loose, you can adjust the straps for a better fit, tucking away any excess and avoiding dangling straps. Plus, because it’s Bellroy you know the leather is going to age nicely as it's the same kind used on their wallets.

While it may not appear like an intricate bag on the outside, the Classic Backpack V2 is surprisingly technical with plenty of clever organization. For quick access to your most-used gear, there is a large zippered pocket on the front of the back. It even comes complete with a key loop, so you never have to worry about where they might be. Up top is a water-resistant pocket perfect for stashing your phone or wallet in a rainstorm. Once you open the bag, you’ll see a mesh zippered pocket that makes smaller items like charging cables and battery packs which would otherwise be buried at the bottom of your bag easily visible. There’s also a padded sleeve that fits any standard A5 notebook or even an iPad. Next to that is a thin sleeve for your favorite pen, and behind them both is a dedicated sleeve for a 15” laptop.

The Bellroy Classic Backpack V2 comes in a bunch of different colors ranging from minimal black and gray, to a multicolored desert ochre perfect for summer. The bag's material comes in various types of nylon and polyester fabrics depending on the colorway, giving you different options for weight, water resistance, texture, structure, and more. However you carry, you’ll likely find one that suits your style. If you think its about time to upgrade your bag to something a little more thoughtful, make sure to click the link below and check this one out for yourself.

Buy on Amazon: $139*

* Price accurate at the time of publication and is subject to change.

Maxpedition Entity Large Crossbody Bag

Whether you've built out a tactical EDC or just want the best essentials to get you through the day, it doesn't hurt to be prepared. Maxpedition have established their reputation in the EDC scene with their tactical-ready bags and pouches, but more recently they've offered more discreetly styled options for urban EDC. Their recent Entity series blurs the line between tactical features and non-tactical aesthetics, resulting in high performance bags that keep a low profile. The Entity Large Crossbody Bag brings this design concept to a sleek and quick sling silhouette fitted with the materials, modularity, and attention to detail you'd want in a daily work or EDC bag.

While the Entity Crossbody Bag might look non-descript at first glance, it's all by design. Neutral grey hues like Ash and Charcoal and an overall uncluttered exterior let the bag hide in plain sight. It's made from a durable yet lightweight blend of 500D nylon and polyester with a heathered texture and finish. The bag features a triple coating of polyurethane to keep things clean and dry when facing the unexpected conditions of travel and urban commuting. The bag offers a comfortable carry experience on either shoulder thanks to an adjustable strap made of smooth reinforced seatbelt webbing, a removable shoulder pad, and closed cell foam padding. For quick and quiet operation, Maxpedition uses Duralite Xlite nylon release buckles throughout.

With its 14-liter capacity, the bag can accommodate a laptop, tablet, plus a lighter load of your workday essentials. YKK zippers fitted with Maxpedition's Positive Grip Pulls grant easy access and one-finger operation, even while gloved, to the main compartment of the bag. It opens fully for at-a-glance loading and retrieval or can be held in place by detachable drawbridge straps for added security and structure. Inside, two side pockets help you organize your gear while a sleeve in the rear keeps your tablet or other flat items such as a notebook tucked away. Opposite the sleeve is a mesh pocket perfect for pens, a pocket flashlight, and even a small power bank. Directly below that is a hook-and-loop surface for mounting your own modular gear and accessories. A second lockable, hook-and-loop-lined rear compartment doubles as either CCW or laptop storage. Finally, a zippered side pocket with a silencing garage and a shock-cord water bottle pocket round out the bag's compartments.

The Maxpedition Entity Crossbody Bag is an excellent example of Maxpedition's ability to blend both tactical performance and practical usability in an everyday bag design. It also shows that attention to small details, from the materials to the mechanical design of its panels and even its zippers, create a product that easily crosses over from military or prepared citizen use to daily commuter or work carry. Check it out at the link below.

Buy on Amazon: $97.87*

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PRIM Modular Urban Bags

Adapting to what you need at any particular moment is a quality of any solid EDC, and it’s why multi-tools are so popular. But EDC isn't just about what you carry, it's about how you do it too—and finding a similar level of adaptability in a single bag that's still suitable for daily carry is a tall order. That's why the team at Creatio Design went with a divide and conquer approach when building out their PRIM bag system. Rather than having a single, bulky bag that forces you to carry your gear in one particular way, they've developed a modular system constructed from tactical performance materials with a “less is more” philosophy to let you carry only what you need, when you need it. The collection of three swappable bags can mix-and-match to hit the sweetspot of capacity and portability your carry needs, while their robust internal organization consolidates everything in a streamlined way.

If you find yourself constantly emptying and repacking your bag every time you leave the house, then the PRIM line of bags might be for you. The low-key, all-black design is perfect for the urban commuter, and the tough build should hold up to your morning commute with no problem. Forgetting your umbrella in a rainstorm isn't the end of your gadgets either thanks to the water resistant Cordura 500D exterior and watertight YKK zippers that keep the contents of your bag dry. Plus, the ergonomic backload system curves to the shape of your back and has a few nifty features of its own. Take the breathable padding which helps you avoid a sweaty back during long days, or the hidden RFID pocket which provides added security in unfamiliar places. Then there's how many different ways you can carry your gear. Whether you want to carry a traditional backpack, something smaller with a chest rig, or something more ergonomic with their sling configuration, these bags can handle it all.

The versatility doesn’t end with how you carry either. All the bags take inspiration from military-style modularity while remaining true to the company’s less is more beliefs. You won’t have any issues with internal organization thanks to mesh pockets and plenty of compartments, and the outside is MOLLE compatible for even more customization. The entire line consists of five different bags that you can mix and match depending on your needs. The base models are the Y13 or Y15 bags, and they vary only in size depending on whether your laptop is 13” or 15”. The next size down is the X11 and XS11 pouches which are handy on their own, but become something special when you consider how they can be quickly mounted to the base pack. One pouch that holds your tablet and a few charging cables throughout the week can be easily swapped after work for another that holds some toiletries and travel essentials for a quick weekend away. The last is the belt/leg pack, which is perfect for when pockets aren’t enough and you just need to hold a few extra items without carrying an entire bag all day. It can also be worn as a mini sling bag as a convenient, minimalist option for when you're traveling light.

If you’re tired of lugging around large bags for just a few extra items, the PRIM collection might be for you. It helps streamline your gear into your most-used kits for a more grab-and-go approach to EDC. For a closer look at the campaign make sure to click the link below.

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Chrome Kovac Sling Bag

Slings are gaining traction as a popular bag option for EDC, and while some may argue that they are simply bigger fanny packs, their roots are seated in the functionality and versatility of messenger bags for cyclists. Chrome Industries is a mainstay in the world of bike messenger bags, and their latest sling bag, the Kovac, presents a viable EDC option thanks to its ergonomic design, comfortable straps, and quicker access to your gear. And with tough construction, added security, and plenty of organization for your essentials, it's a solid companion for your commute and adventures around the city.

Built with 1050D nylon on the outside and measuring 5.5” x 11.5” x 4” on the inside, the Chrome Kovac Sling Bag has a 5 liter capacity which is plenty of space for your daily carry essentials. The main compartment features a 70D nylon liner, and includes mesh pockets for organization, each big enough for your phone, tools, or wallet. The front panel of the bag is made of durable tarpaulin, which protects the easy-access front pocket that's perfect for keys or gloves.

You can wear the Kovac as a cross-body sling or as a waist pack using its lightweight strap and buckle system. A padded mesh rear panel and angled straps add to the comfort when used over your shoulder as a sling. Should you use it for a bike ride or commute, the integrated U-lock holster ensures you can take along your bike security as well.

While not a full-on bike messenger-style bag, the Kovac sling gives you decent capacity with the features, accessibility and durability that made Chrome Industries a name for itself. Designed to be a bag built for the city, its simple lines and useful layout make it a good option for your daily light carry bag, or your daily commuter, on or off a bike. Check it out at the link below.

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Aer Sling Pouch

When it comes to EDC, slings strike a particularly sweet spot. They give you just the right amount of extra space to carry a few more essentials for the day's needs, but small enough that the sling won't be cumbersome even after a long day. Good slings let you do more with less, and the ones built for EDC are made to last. If anyone knows their slings, it's Aer. With a few slings already on the market and a mastery over materials and manufacturing for their other daily-use bags, they know what it takes to make a suitable everyday sling. And with summer right around the corner, the Sling Pouch is just the right lightweight addition to your EDC.

Thanks to a wide, flat design, the Sling Pouch is meant to stay close on your body. This allows for both better security and ergonomics, since it's meant to wrap around flush on your torso to keep your gear close, rather than rattling around when you're on the move. The design also allows a versatile loadout despite its 0.5” height; a sealed front zip pocket allows quick access to important essentials, while its main compartment has elastic and mesh pockets to help organize the rest. Flat items like a phone, wallet, passport, and power bank will be right at home.

The Sling Pouch also takes on Aer's signature design language for fit and finish, which means water-resistant 1680D Cordura nylon paired with heavy-duty sealing YKK zippers to ensure your gear stays dry. Zippers are fitted with Duraflex pulls for ease of use, while a slim, adjustable nylon strap takes care of hang time while worn. And at only half a pound by itself, the Sling Pouch adds a ton of utility without the extra baggage.

When it's too much for your pockets but too little to justify a daypack, a sling is there to save the day. Check out Aer's summer-ready Sling Pouch at the link below.

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Chrome MXD Fathom

As a gear enthusiast, there's a good chance you've ran into the all too familiar dilemma of wanting to carry too much gear. It's tempting to overpack for your daily commute, and even moreso when traveling. But while some EDCers follow the mantra of “two is one and one is none,” the reality is that sometimes you don't need a backup for everything. Whether you've already got a dialed-in, minimalist carry or want to pare down to just the essentials for your daily commute, the Chrome MXD Fathom just might do the trick. It offers a slim and light platform with a lean pocket layout to help you bring along only what you need, and nothing you don't.

To withstand the wear and tear of your commute, the Chrome MXD Fathom Backpack features a heavy-duty, abrasion-resistant 1680 ballistic nylon build. It keeps organization simple with three major compartments for your gear. The main compartment can accommodate tablets or laptops up to 13”, while two large zip pockets on the front of the pack grant quicker access to the rest of your gear. The lightly padded left pocket offers some organization with a mesh pocket and key tether loop, while the right pocket is lined with plush cushioning, making it perfect for electronics, glasses and other things you want to avoid scratching.  The bag also has a hidden side pocket for small, slim things such as gloves, a card wallet, or even a portable hard drive.

For your other things that don't fit the main compartment or pockets, there is a D-ring attachment centrally mounted on the back. You can use this to hang a safety light while riding or your helmet for after you've arrived at your destination. The D-ring also serves as an attachment point for mounting other essentials like a light jacket or water bottle, to name a few. Loops on the shoulder straps provide more modular options as well, ideal for gear you want handy like your phone or keys.

While wearing it, the light padding on the MXD Fathom's back panel keeps you comfortable, and the height-adjustable chest strap stabilizes the load for a balanced ride. Last but not least, reflective strips on the shoulder pad loops improve visibility at night. For a low-profile pack that's fast and light, check out the MXD Fathom at the link below.

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5.11 Tactical AMP12 25L Backpack

When you're hauling gear for multiple missions into constantly changing environments, being able to switch up your loadout on the fly is crucial. Many tactical bags are designed with this modularity in mind, but all too often they end up both cumbersome and conspicuous. If there's one company who can deliver on modularity, organization, and durability in a pack, it's 5.11 Tactical. Their recently released AMP12 25L Pack offers more advanced modularity in a design that weighs less and blends in better to your surroundings compared to their already successful past designs. When you need your kit truly dialed, the AMP12 25L features versatile organization inside and out to cover your bases.

To fill its role as an All Missions Pack, the AMP12 keeps a low-profile exterior like a clean slate, ready to be customized. Don't let its absence of PALS fool you, though — the AMP12 features a large hook-and-loop front panel as the foundation of its modularity. Included with the bag is 5.11's patented HEXGRID load-bearing platform on their Gear Set system attachment. The Gear Set attaches via hook-and-loop to the front of the pack, supported by G-hooks and release buckles. You can pick and choose from this 3-layer security system for your preferred balance of retention versus quick release of your gear. The AMP12 pack and Gear Set system accommodates 5.11's other Gear Set accessories to make transitioning from the field to the city as easy as swapping out one Gear Set for another. And unlike traditional rows of PALS-webbing, the HEXGRID can mount gear at different angles for better ergonomics and more efficient use of space. This level of customizability isn’t exclusive to the exterior either, as it also has an internal loop system you can take advantage of when you need to carry more than usual.

The main compartment opens clamshell style, giving you a full view of the inside of the bag for easy loading and organization. Hook-and-loop paneling lines the interior back panel of the bag as well, giving you the freedom to take a pouch-focused packing approach or keep it minimal for when you travel. On the opposite side you'll find multiple zippered mesh compartments for at-a-glance organization of your smaller gear. The AMP12 is ready for the boardroom to the backcountry too, with a separate compartment along the rear accommodates laptops up to 15” and doubles as a space for a hydration bladder. A 4-way zipper configuration makes for easy access to every part of the main compartment as well.

As for materials, the AMP12 features a water-resistant 500D Dobby nylon build, hitting a sweet-spot of light weight and durability. When you do load the bag up and attach GearSets to it, a tag-team of ergonomic, padded shoulder straps and a thermoformed back panel help manage the load for a comfortable carry. If you've been looking for that one bag to take on the job, on the road, or out on the town, the AMP12 was designed for just that. It's available in classic Black, Ranger Green, Tungsten blue, and Kangaroo brown at the link below.

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Is the Maxpedition Falcon-II Worth It In 2019?

Well over a decade ago, there weren't very many options for a good EDC bag. Back in those days, Maxpedition made a name for themselves as a go-to choice for a sturdy, tactical bag. Gear enthusiasts often recommended the 18L Pygmy Falcon, 23L Falcon-II, and the larger 35L Falcon-III for their solid construction, top-notch materials at the time, and ample organizational features. Since their debut in 2003, Maxpedition’s goal was to create bags for law enforcement and military professionals that would stand up to the rigorous conditions in the field. But since then, the landscape and market for bags has drastically changed. Today, we're taking a look back at the Maxpedition Falcon line to see if it has what it takes to be a worthwhile pick in 2019.

Bellroy Sling

Thanks to its recent popularity as a fashion staple, you have more options than ever for a crossbody bag to EDC. Before, these handy slings were usually designed with a specific use case in mind: tactical, outdoors, or travel. Now, there's a new bag on the block that offers that extra bit of carry capacity you need that you can wear every day, on any occasion. Bellroy brings their signature minimalist yet functional design language to the trendy silhouette with their new Sling bag. Besides its versatile, understated styling, it's crammed with thoughtful organization, EDC-friendly features, and premium materials throughout that any discerning EDCer can appreciate.

When your EDC outgrows your pockets but isn't quite expansive enough to justify carrying a full-on backpack for the day, a sling bag shines as a stylish overflow solution. Bellroy's Sling delivers more than just style, offering a surprisingly spacious 7L of extra capacity via three well-organized compartments. Its quick-access front pocket features a high-visibility liner for easy identification of your most frequently used gear. Behind it is the sling's main compartment that does the heavy lifting. It features a gusseted design which compresses down for a low profile when you're packing light, but can expand to accommodate bulky items like a water bottle too. Inside that main compartment you'll also find an internal zippered pocket with a soft-touch lining, perfect for shades, glasses, or devices you don't want scratched up riding with the rest of your gear. Lastly, an integrated key leash keeps your keys safe and secure for easy retrieval.

Bellroy's also given the Sling the same premium materials and fit and finish as their other bag offerings. This includes a water-resistant Venture-weave polyester exterior to protect against inclement weather paired with a Fidlock magnetic buckle to always ensure secure closure while still allowing ease of access. Smooth, pliable nylon seatbelt webbing wears comfortably and avoids abrading clothes to suit all-day use. Leather detailing and zipper pulls round out the Sling's hardware, while padded back paneling offers all-day comfort and ventilation.

A compact sling is an EDC essential, and Bellroy's offering is worth a serious look. Check it out and pick it up direct from Bellroy at the link below.


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